The best travel apps work in real time, keeping you in the know. They deliver not only information, but also advice, insights, tips, and warnings.
Say you’re planning a trip and the price of a flight suddenly plummets. You’ll want a notification for that. Or perhaps you’re on a long-distance drive when an accident occurs up ahead. Getting an alert on your phone soon after the fact can help keep your trip free of stress as you reroute or decide to take a break until it clears.
From the time you start thinking about your next destination to the moment your feet hit the welcome mat back home, having the right travel apps on hand can make the whole experience smoother and less stressful.
In this list of the best travel apps, there’s no need to include all the big-name search aggregator sites, such as Expedia, Hotwire, and Priceline, seeing as most people are already familiar with them. They help you search for and book (usually by prepaying) flights, hotels, car rentals, and sometimes packaged vacations and cruises. The same goes for hotel search aggregators, like Booking.com, Hotels.com, and Trivago. PC Magazine only included here the ones that serve a specific niche or those that are excellent but not well known.